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Situated in northeast Italy on the similarly-named Gulf, the city of Trieste boasts the countrys most northerly positioned harbor. The city is idyllically located on a limestone plateaus slopes as they say: where Europes heart touches the Mediterranean. Trieste is an underestimated, very appealing city, with a peaceful and charming almost Eastern European ambience, several cafes and pubs, some fabulous architecture and stunning sea views.
The limestone plateau is renowned for its numerous caves, both in the Italian zones as in the sections of neighboring Croatia and Slovenia. As a result, by the end of the 19th century the scientific study of caves was introduced here. Trieste with a population of 260,000 is the Friuli-Venezia Giulia regions capital. The most convenient way of transport for visitors is offered by car rental in Trieste Downtown.
Until the 18th century Trieste was surrounded by walls, which pressed the city in its orthogonal structure. The centre expanded gradually after 1719, when the walls were demolished. Today the historic harbour still provides the basis for the citys economy and it is one of Italys most significant ports.
When staying in Trieste, travellers should not miss visiting the impressive Cathedral of S. Giusto: joined together in the 14th century, the two Romanesque basilicas are now the towns symbol. Also check out the castle, originally built in the 14th century, but featuring quite some baroque extensions. Exploring the surrounding Friuli-Venezia Giulia region is possible with car hire in Trieste Downtown.
From Trieste visitors have the option making some interesting daytrips. Cheap car hire in Trieste Downtown is offered by numerous online booking providers. Throughout the surrounding countryside travellers can find wonderful small farms where they can sample different types of home-made ham, cheese and salami as well as a characteristic red wine. Several comfortable places to stay overnight are positioned along the Riviera.